Teens in the local area are encouraged to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store through September 19th as part of the second annual “Do Something 101” school supply drive sponsored by Staples and DoSomething.org. Joining the cause this summer is Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ciara.

School supplies collected at the Staples store at 8704 Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

In addition, Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 at any Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local teens in need.

“The Do Something 101 campaign is such a great cause. I can’t imagine going to school without pencils, notebooks and other basic supplies,” said Ciara. “Every little bit counts and, through Do Something 101, the more we can get these essential products to teens, the more we help kids stay in school and excel even further.”

Staples is donating more than $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program.

“The feedback from teen volunteers and recipients during our inaugural school supply drive in 2008 was inspiring,” said Demos Parneros, Staples president of U.S. stores. “With help from celebrities like Ciara, we will continue to raise awareness for underserved youth in local communities who need the basic supplies to succeed in school.”

Westchester teens who want to get involved can go to www.DoSomething101.org/ for ideas on how to run local school supply drives.

“DoSomething.org is all about encouraging teens to take action in their own communities. We’re proud to be spearheading a campaign for the second year, with the help of Staples, that allows young people to really make a difference among their peers,” said Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer of DoSomething.org.